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Create another bundle and overlap the stems of the first
row of bundles by about 1-2 inches. Continue to attach bundles
of stems around the form until you've completed this row, then
start a third row by overlapping these stems with a new row of
boxwood bundles. Repeat until the entire wreath form is covered. For the final row, tuck the stems below the loose ends of
the first row to neaten the shape.

Tips for success
* Make sure the bundles of boxwood stems are no longer than
4 inches, or they will droop when the wreath is hung.
* Use pruners, not scissors, to cut the boxwood branches.
* If you plan to add a bow, leave a thinner section of greenery
where you intend to attach it.
* Cut your boxwood branches within 12 hours of the time you
plan to make the wreath.
* Spray your finished wreath with an anti-desiccant or a mixture of one part multisurface floor cleaner (such as Mop &
Glo) to 10 parts water.
* Hang your wreath outside, out of direct sunlight, for longer
life. You can also mist your wreath with water periodically to
help it stay fresh.

Designing with Mother Nature
Add in other natural materials to make your wreath
design unique. Take a walk to see what your garden has to
offer. Here are a few ideas:
* Branches from cedar, pine, juniper and other conifers
* Magnolia leaves or other broadleaf evergreen foliage
* Lichens and mosses
* Berries, such as nandina, holly, barberry and winterberry
* English ivy or grapevine tendrils
* Branches with interesting shapes or bark
* Pine cones
* Dried seedheads or seedpods

The wreath workshop is popular and fills up quickly. Members are
given priority access to this and other fall and winter events at
Hills & Dales Estate.

Watch out for boxwood blight
Boxwood blight is a devastating, incurable and easily
spread disease that can cause your boxwood hedges to
drop leaves and die. If you are using boxwood from
another source to make your wreath, be careful to keep
the branches and finished wreath away from any
boxwoods in your yard. The pruners you use to make your
wreath should be disinfected in a solution of bleach and
water or wiped with a disinfecting wipe before being used
again in your garden.

You should not cut or collect materials from parks or other
public lands. Watch out for briars, roots and other hazards in
the woods, and know what poison ivy looks like. Remember
that insects can live in natural materials, so keep an eye out for
unwelcome guests.
Helen Newling Lawson is a freelance writer and Master
Gardener in Forsyth County.

When you go
Hills & Dales Estate, 1916 Hills and Dales Drive, LaGrange.
hillsanddales.org. Wreath-making workshops are Dec. 4-5.
Cost: $40 per person, including supplies; members receive a
20 percent discount. Call (706) 882-3242 or email
hmerciers@hillsanddales.org to register.
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